Have you ever watched the news, or logged onto social media and thought to yourself; “what is the world coming to?” Have you ever felt like you needed to tip toe around a conversation and guard your opinion so as not to offend someone, or have them lash out and label you something you are not? In light of current events within our nation, I want to provide a biblical response and viewpoint that we as Christians should have toward social issues. I hope that you will find confidence in the scripture, and learn how Jesus, Himself, dealt with people during a volatile society in His day. It may not change the opinions of the world when we respond the way Jesus would, but we can lay our head on our pillow at night with a clear conscience knowing that we stood on a firm foundation with scripture.
About the Author: Stephen Underwood
My wife, sons, and I are currently serving the Lord as church planting missionaries in Argentina. Our hearts’ desire is to reach, train, and encourage folks all over the world to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, and train others to do the same.
I was saved at the age of 7 during a Vacation Bible School, however, not being raised in church; I did not follow the Lord in believer’s baptism until I was 11 years old. It wasn’t until the next spring, during a transition year from pony league to little league, that I met Pastor Wayne Cofield; my new baseball coach! In order to “secure” my spot as a starter, I began attending services at Whitfield Baptist Church. It was there that God started a work in my life that has led me and my family to reach the people of Argentina and the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
At age 16, I had the opportunity to visit Peru, South America on a ten day missions trip. There, I met Veteran Missionary Austin Gardner, now Pastor of Vision Baptist Church. The following year, I returned to Peru for six months in order to learn and train on the field, for the field. I also spent 6 years in the Army, serving 16 months in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from June 2006 to September 2007. The Lord used that time in my life to teach me the discipline I lacked and the intestinal fortitude needed to accomplish His good work!
The past 9 years, I have been privileged to grow and train under Pastor Tony Howeth of Newton Baptist Church. I have seen first hand the relationship model of Paul and Timothy through Pastor Howeth’s leadership. I am very grateful for the Lord using Newton Baptist Church to be not only our sending church, but our family!
In January of 2014, my family and I began deputation raising our support to be church planting missionaries in South Africa. We arrived on the field in July, 2016 and worked along side a team of missionaries reaching the Xhosa people in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. While preparing for a furlough in 2019, we submitted our paperwork to renew our visas for another three years. However, the Lord was working in the background to relocate our family to a new mission field, Argentina. When our visas were denied, I was confused and frustrated. But my God was faithful! His timing is always perfect, and so is His will!
Today, I am blessed and encouraged to have not only the obligation, but the opportunity to serve Jesus as a church planting missionary to the field of Argentina! It is our intent and goal to replicate the biblical model through which I have been trained to the Argentine people of Argentina!
Please feel free to contact me through Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org , or through our mission board:
Vision Baptist Missions
Attn: Stephen Underwood P.O. Box 442
Alpharetta, GA 30009
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